LEAVING A LEGACY
Reading thru 1st Kings and 2nd Chronicles
The last two weeks, we have been reading about the end of David’s reign and the beginning of Solomon’s reign. David prepared Solomon for this role and taught him some practical instructions regarding some necessary political housecleaning. David did all he could to smooth his son’s path to the crown.
Solomon ascended to the throne without further controversy, and David died shortly afterward. His obituary was short and sweet: “So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David.” The period that David reigned over Israel was 40 years; 7 years he reigned in Hebron, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years. I love the fact that when David’s life was over it really wasn’t over. His legacy lived thru Solomon. 1 Kings 3:3 tells us that Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statues of his father King David. King David taught Solomon how to love the Lord!
I ask myself, “Am I teaching my daughter and granddaughter how to love the Lord?” As a parent, it is my priority to help my child get into Heaven not Harvard as the world teaches. As David left a legacy for his son Solomon, I can’t help but question myself: “Who will pursue God because I do?” “Who will make it a priority to know God because I have?” Leaving a legacy has to be done thru intentional living. How are you intentionally teaching your children or your nieces and nephews the way of the Lord?
Solomon was excited to be king, but the weight of having responsibility over his dad’s kingdom was sinking in at the beginning of 1 Kings. He knew he needed to handle people, make decisions, expand the kingdom, and build the temple that David had planned-in short, he needed God’s wisdom. Solomon prayed hard and he prayed well!!! He asked God to give him an understanding heart, a hearing heart, to judge the people so that me maybe able to discern between good and evil. Solomon wanted to hear God’s voice advising him on how to rule, to make decisions that reflected what God was saying about them as people. Solomon asked for wisdom and God was pleased. Not only did God give him wisdom, he also received great wealth, honor and respect.
Solomon’s gifts were put to good use. He built an indescribable temple for God, created infrastructure in Jerusalem, new streets and public buildings, expanded Israel’s borders, and presided over a court that attracted curious kings and queens from all over the world. He composed 1005 songs and wrote 3000 proverbs, along with three books of the Bible – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.
I loved the fact when the temple was built and he dedicated it to God – he bent down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. Solomon in front of all the people demonstrated his great love and respect for God. His actions showed that he acknowledged God as the ultimate king and authority, and it encouraged the people to do the same(2 Chronicles 6:14). King David taught his son well! A leader sets the example for everyone else. Who are you setting an example for today?